Next Year's Star-Studded Music Line Up For Monterey County | Arts & Culture
From the Red Hot Chile Peppers to The Temptations and the world famous Harlem Gospel Choir, the Monterey County Visitors and Convention Bureau hopes these names and great performances will be enough to attract more visitors and essentially revenue to the area.
In a news release Wednesday, Convention officials said Monterey County's line-up of live entertainment makes for a heady getaway. This September, the 54th annual Monterey Jazz Festival hits a chord as the world's longest continuously running jazz festival delivering and showcase for such artists as India.Arie, Sonny Rollins and Poncho Sanchez. In Big Sur, the Henry Miller Memorial Library annual concert series keeps things abuzz with a full line-up of pop-up artists including recent performances by the Dodos, Arcade Fire and Philip Glass.
From the Next Generation Jazz Festival to Monterey Bay Blues Festival, the line up for 2011/2012 promises a well-spring of talent and tradition. Auto and arts enthusiasts can combine both passions at the annual Monterey Rock n' Rod Festival, while more classic pursuits can be had at the annual Carmel Bach Festival. For those set on a Bob Marley fix, the 17th annual Monterey Reggaefest features 25 performances under the summer sky next July.
EVENTS SLATED FOR 2011/2012 June – October, 2011 Henry Miller Memorial Library Concert Series: This venue tucked within the redwoods in Big Sur offers a surprising array top-flight artists during its annual summer concert series. Past performances have included Arcade Fire, Patti Smith, Philip Glass, John Waters, the Dodos and the Red Hot Chile Peppers. Big Sur, CA. 831.667.2574; www.henrymiller.org.
September 8-9, 2011 - An Evening with Chris Botti: Chris Botti, a master trumpeter and composer, has sold nearly three million albums worldwide. His performances draw from a wide-ranging repertoire of pop, jazz and classical music, creating a show that truly crosses over all genres. Sunset Center, Carmel, CA. 831.620.2048; www.sunsetcenter.org
September 9 and October 28, 2011 - Wine, Art & Music Walk: Featuring 30-plus art venues and multiple music acts; the event is free. Art Walk maps available at Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce. Pacific Grove, CA. 831-373-3304; www.pacificgrove.org.
September 15, 2011 - The Temptations: For more than 40 years, The Temptations have been an essential component of the Motown sensation - singing straight up soul and selling out performances all over the world. Sunset Center, Carmel, CA. 831.620.2048; www.sunsetcenter.org
September 16-18, 2011 - Monterey Jazz Festival: The granddaddy of all jazz festivals, holding the prestigious honor as the longest continuously running jazz festival in the world. Jazz greats who have performed to sell out audiences include Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Dizzie Gillespie and Dave Brubeck, among others. The 54th annual celebration attracts all of the top names in jazz, and boasts art exhibits, jazz clinics and seminars. Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey, CA 831.373.3366; www.montereyjazzfestival.org
September 29, 2011 – Henry Miller Memorial Library Presents Thurston Moore + Cass McCombs: Enjoy an evening under the stars celebrating the library's 30th anniversary with this dynamic duo. 831.667.2574; www.henrymiller.org.
October7-8, 2011 – Furthur: Fans can expect Lesh & Weir to push the musical envelope with jaw-dropping improvisations and loving renditions of Grateful Dead classics in the musical journey "Furthur." Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey, CA. 831.372.5863; www.montereycountyfair.com
October 13, 2011 – Henry Miller Memorial Library Presents Ryan Adams + Jason Isbell: Enjoy an evening under the stars celebrating the library's 30th anniversary with this dynamic duo. 831.667.2574; www.henrymiller.org February 2, 2012 - Preservation Hall Jazz Band: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a piece of living American history, direct and uncomplicated, improvisatory and unabashedly joyful. Sunset Center, Carmel, CA. 831.620.2048; www.sunsetcenter.org
March 2-4, 2012 – Dixieland Monterey: Three days of Dixieland and swing in downtown Monterey, featuring top national bands, youth bands and more. Monterey, CA. 831.675.0289; www.dixieland-monterey.com.
March 30 – April 1, 2012 - Next Generation Jazz Festival: The Monterey Jazz Festival turns the spotlight on the young up-and-coming musicians who will form the vanguard jazz music in the coming decades with a newly expanded event augmented by fresh performances and activities. Free. Portola Plaza and Conference Center, Monterey, CA. 831.373.3366; www.montereyjazzfestival.org
April 7, 2012 - Harlem Gospel Choir: The world famous Harlem Gospel Choir is America's premier gospel ensemble, and has traveled the globe for 25 years sharing its joy of faith while raising funds for children's charities. The Choir's rich harmonies and dynamic sound are always unfettered, joyous, and inspirational. Sunset Center, Carmel, CA. 831.620.2048; www.sunsetcenter.org
May 18-20, 2012 - Monterey Rock n' Rod Festival: The annual festival draws admirers and collectors of classic and custom cars and trucks as well as rock n' roll. Children five and under are admitted free of charge. Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey, CA. 831.649.0102; www.montereyrockrod.com
June – October, 2012 Henry Miller Memorial Library Concert Series: This historic venue tucked deep in Big Sur offers a surprising array top-flight artists during its annual summer concert series. Past performances have included Arcade Fire, Patti Smith, Philip Glass, John Waters, the Dodos and the Red Hot Chile Peppers. Big Sur, CA. 831.667.2574; www.henrymiller.org
June 22-24, 2012 - Monterey Bay Blues Festival: Considered one of the premier blues festivals in the country, the 27th Monterey Bay Blues Festival brings together the perfect blend of world-renowned blues artists as well as young budding artists that will sooth the soul. Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey, CA. 831.394.2652; www.montereyblues.com/index.html
June, 2012 - Spirit West Coast: A multiple-day Christian Music Festival and the largest of its kind on the West Coast. Well over 50 artists appear at each festival, presenting a wide variety of music styles on multiple stages. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA. 408.377.9232; www.spiritwestcoast.org
July 14-28, 2012 - Carmel Bach Festival: The Carmel Bach Festival has a 75-year history of celebrating music and ideas inspired by Johann Sebastian Bach. The Festival offers a compelling array of national and international artists who will perform in a variety of unique venues including the Sunset Center, Carmel Mission Basilica, Church in the Forest, Pebble Beach and All Saints Church. Carmel, CA. 831.624.1521; www.bachfestival.org
July 27-29, 2012 - Monterey Bay Reggaefest: The 17th annual Monterey Bay Reggaefest features over 25 performances from star reggae performers, dancehall acts, and cultural dancers throughout the three-day celebration. Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey, CA. 831.394.6534; www.mbayreggaefest.net
August, 2012 - Philip Glass' Days and Nights Festival: One of the most prolific artists in recent decades celebrates music, dance, poetry and film at this annual festival held in Big Sur and Carmel Valley. Exact dates tbd. 831.659.7445; www.daysandnightsfestival.com